What does career mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word career.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocationnoun

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  2. career, life historyverb

    the general progression of your working or professional life

    "the general had had a distinguished career"; "he had a long career in the law"

  3. careerverb

    move headlong at high speed

    "The cars careered down the road"; "The mob careered through the streets"


  1. careernoun

    One's calling in life; a person's occupation; one's profession.

  2. careernoun

    An individual's work and life roles over their lifespan.

  3. careernoun


  4. careernoun

    A jouster's path during a joust.

  5. careernoun

    A short gallop of a horse.

  6. careerverb

    To move rapidly straight ahead, especially in an uncontrolled way.

    The car careered down the road, missed the curve, and went through a hedge.

  7. Etymology: Mid 16th century, from carrière (a road or racecourse), from carriera, from carreira, from carraria based on carrus 'wheeled vehicle'. Or from carriere, from Old Provençal/Occitan carriera ("road"), from carraria.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAREERnoun

    Etymology: carriere, Fr.

    They had run themselves too far out of breath, to go back again the same career. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    What rein can hold licentious wickedness,
    When down the hill he holds his fierce career? William Shakespeare.

    It is related of certain Indians, that they are able, when a horse is running in his full career, to stand upright on his back. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    Practise them now to curb the turning steed,
    Mocking the foe; now to his rapid speed
    To give the rein, and, in the full career,
    To draw the certain sword, or send the pointed spear. Matthew Prior.

    Shall quips and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his humour? William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    The heir of a blasted family has rose up, and promised fair, and yet, at length, a cross event has certainly met and stopt him in the career of his fortune. South.

    Knights in knightly deeds should persevere,
    And still continue what at first they were;
    Continue, and proceed in honour’s fair career. Dryden.

  2. To Careerverb

    Running with swift motion.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    With eyes, the wheels
    Of beryl, and careering fires between. Parad. Lost, b. vi.


  1. Career

    The career is an individual's metaphorical "journey" through learning, work and other aspects of life. There are a number of ways to define career and the term is used in a variety of ways.


  1. career

    A career refers to an individual's journey through learning, work, and other aspects of life that are related to employment over the course of their life. It involves the jobs held, titles earned and work accomplishments over a long period of time, rather than just referring to one position. A career also involves continuous growth and development, usually in a particular sector or sphere of employment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Careernoun

    a race course: the ground run over

  2. Careernoun

    a running; full speed; a rapid course

  3. Careernoun

    general course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part or calling in life, or in some special undertaking; usually applied to course or conduct which is of a public character; as, Washington's career as a soldier

  4. Careernoun

    the flight of a hawk

  5. Careerverb

    to move or run rapidly

  6. Etymology: [F. carrire race course, high road, street, fr. L. carrus wagon. See Car.]


  1. Career

    Career describes an individuals' journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. There are a number of ways to define a career and the term is used in a variety of ways.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Career

    ka-rēr′, n. a racecourse: a race: course of action: manner of life; v.i. to gallop: to move or run rapidly. [Fr. carrière, a racecourse. See Car.]

Editors Contribution

  1. career

    A specific form of employment.

    Her career was very exciting.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1301

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3331

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Nouns Frequency: #484

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of career in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of career in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of career in a Sentence

  1. Union City Police:

    Chief McAllister's status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, but he is devastated by how much the nature of his son's actions are such a departure from everything Tyrone McAllister has stood for in Tyrone McAllister personal life and 37-year career of compassionate, engaging police work, he and his wife worked with Manteca PD to help track down and arrest Tyrone McAllister this morning, as Tyrone McAllister has been estranged from the family and their home for some time.

  2. Texas AM Galveston Campus:

    I will stand by what I did, but I'm not career suicidal.

  3. Lori Osterberg:

    We're calling it our gap year. We're here for now, with the possibility of extending throughout her college career, we're taking it one year at a time.

  4. Elaiyah Badger:

    I feel like, missing this last quarter of school, our teachers had a lot planned for us ; I could be missing something as a life lesson, they say your high school career flies past quick, but I didn't think it would be this quick. It hurts a little bit.

  5. Katy Perry:

    My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I ’d come back to God, i never left Him, I was just a little bit secular, I was more materialistic and more career-driven.

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